"The Job I HATE the most."


" The job I HATE the most. "


January 23 at 10:27 A.M. 


Suddenly thought of how my life had been as I was on the train heading to the hair salon. 


Riding a train in Japan is relatively silent. 

You see people locked on their phones, having some shuteye, reading books, or staring blankly at the windows, precisely what I am doing now. 


It takes 40 minutes to get there, and I can't help but space out. I bet you have those moments, too. 


Well, let me share mine. That is the most random reflection I ever thought would pop.



Between 2009 to 2012, I was in dire straits.

Everything was insufferable. I juggled life and school, and maturity kicked in so fast that the only resort was to keep them on balance. It's close to surfing on big waves.



I tried working in my profession after I graduated. However, we were a sea of licensed nurses applying to a few hospitals eventually led us to call center opportunities.


I made use of at least one of my strengths. Fortunately, I landed a position in chat support but only stayed for a short time. I learned a lot in that job especially communicating with people, which is my weakness. 


2012 allowed me to be a volunteer nurse for about a year, but I had to let go due to financial constraints. It was the crux of the matter.



Then I saw one job posting later that year, which was the game changer. It is a game changer for these reasons.


1. I am an introvert and am poor at social communication and relationships.

2. The salary is smaller than in my previous job.

3. No experience in this field.

4. I need a stable job. 

5. And solely rely on one strength - English, which is purely stock knowledge. 


I wanted to start from the bottom regardless of anything. Sounds stupid? But yeah. I want to learn the hard and long way. Targeting all my weaknesses and all the disadvantages I could think of about myself.


January 2013 - I got hired.

I swore to myself that I would accept whatever failures I would encounter, never blame myself, and cherish everything. I was grasping at straws.



Want to know the job? 

I applied for an ESL job.



Teaching English let me realize these things.

1. I am not clever, and I have to learn more. Stay foolish.

2. To be a teacher is to be a student. 

3. Being a teacher never means being superior. We are knowledgeable in different ways, thus making us all equal.

4. Accept your weakness and make it your strength. 

5. Open-mindedness is the solution to all forms of indifferences.

6. Value little successes - even being punctual at work.

7. Know when to stop and move on.



Those mentioned brought me to the place where I am now. I even went for training. My passion for this job went this far.


(A file in my Teaching Qualification Training)

To my English coaches, seniors, ex-coworkers, ex-students, and ex-bosses, I am appreciative of all of you. You helped me love the job I hate the most and mark my decade as an English educator.



I am still determining how long I'll stay in this profession; time alone will tell.


So far, my rhythm for teaching is still upbeat.



How about you? What's one thing that you dislike doing that eventually turned out well?



Oops! I just arrived at my destination! 

It's time to get off and spend some "Me-Time" in the salon.



Till next!